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Springfield Armor lose again, but Dennis Horner returns

Brooklyn Nets

Armor players are likely to be thinking of that 15th roster spot on the Nets, the one opened by the departure of Josh Childress this week. Ten-day contracts can be signed this weekend and both James Mays and Carleton Scott are highly thought of in Brooklyn and East Rutherford.

There's no guarantee any Armor players will be called up. Far from it. The Nets will review the waiver wire next Thursday when teams will be deciding what to do with non and partially guaranteed deals. They could also go with other D-Leaguers or former NBA players looking for work ... or simply hold the spot open.

Whatever happens, the Armor has its own problems to deal with, losing once again to the Canton Charge, 90-81, their fourth straight defeat. Management was hopeful that the raw talent assembled in the off-season would make up for a lack of chemistry. As noted, the Armor was, until Thursday, the only team with no players back from last season. Instead, last season's Eastern Conference champs are 4-9.

The lone bright spot was the return of Dennis Horner, the 6'9" power forward from Atlantic City and North Carolina State. Horner opened last season with the Nets, was sent down and then called up later. He had been playing in Germany but decided to return home. The All-D-League performer scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. He also went 2-for-4 from three. The Nets told him last year that he needed to improve his three point shooting.